"Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you".
"But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that's why I asked the club to accept to transfer me". I feel it this way and I am asking everyone, and especially my fans, to please understand me.
Ronaldo, a five-time victor of the FIFA Ballon d'Or as the world's best player, scored a team-record 451 goals in 438 games for Real Madrid since 2009 and helped lead the La Liga powerhouse to four Champions League titles over the past five seasons to go along with two league championships and two Copa Del Rey titles.
Real Madrid secured their third Champions League in a row last season following the heroics of Ronaldo who chipped in with an impressive 15 goals, five more than nearest rival Roberto Firmino. Real Madrid is the reigning Champions League victor, while Ronaldo is the reigning Ballon d'Or victor.
Other players targeted by Spanish tax authorities in recent years include Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Luka Modric.
Their patience wore even thinner when he hogged the narrative after Real had beaten Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev by saying "it was lovely to play for Real Madrid" and re-aired his dissatisfaction with the club.
He most recently lead Portugal to the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, where they were beaten by Uruguay. It has been an exciting time for me, but also hard because Real Madrid is very demanding, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.
Former Bianconeri CEO Luciano Moggi went as far as claiming that Ronaldo has "already signed" and is merely waiting on the formalities of the deal to be completed.
Yet until Los Merengues secure another "Galactico" to replace Ronaldo, there will naturally be doubts about the club's ability to win a fourth Champions League trophy in a row.
Cristiano Ronaldo is off to Juventus. I am leaving but I will always feel that this jersey, this badge and the Santiago Bernabéu are mine, no matter where I am. The agreement is reportedly over a reported four-year contract worth 30 million Euros per season.
Ronaldo is the only player in the Champions League history to have scored in 11 consecutive games (17 goals). Legend has it his performances in a match against Manchester United convinced United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him right away! He helped the Portuguese team reach the semifinals in his first World Cup in 2006.